Bridging the Gap Between Business and Technology

Blueberry Consultants is a private limited software development company, formed in 1997 by the current Managing Director, Martin Green.

The Blueberry team is made up of highly-qualified, talented and innovative IT professionals each with their own area of expertise. Their experience spans the full range of custom software development, from small entrepreneurial projects to complex systems for major corporations.

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
1997
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
headquarters
other locations
  • 48 Warwick Street
    London W1B 5AW
    United Kingdom
  • Glensanda House 1 Montpellier Parade
    Cheltenham GL50 1UA
    United Kingdom
  • Tomsk
    Russia
  • Kaliningrad
    Russia

Portfolio

Key clients: 

NHS, Toshiba, Arla, Carillion, University of Leeds, Barclays Bank, Hewlett Packard, Shell, Toro Rosso, Kier, StudioCanal

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DIMEC Pharmacy App

Blueberry helped start-up company, DIMEC Pharmacy, build a mobile app for repeat prescriptions – the first of its kind in the UK. In September 2018, the Co-op acquired Dimec in a multi-million pound deal. The Co-op is hoping the purchase will help it to grow into a digital competitor within the £10.5 billion pharmacy market.


The DIMEC Pharmacy app has addressed a need by patients to obtain

their prescription medication quickly, cheaply and more conveniently than is currently possible.

The app integrates with the NHS Electronic Prescription Service and is easy to understand and use, secure and reliable.

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Real-time Data Collection Android Tablet App

Crane specialise in torque management for engineering and automotive applications. They manufacture a range of precision torque wrenches, transducers, testers and simulation equipment.


Crane required an update in its technology from the relatively unsophisticated software used for measuring torque that required a connection to a laptop or PC to a wireless handheld device.


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Blueberry built an Android-based program to collect and graph real-time data for a hand-held torque data collector called IQVu. The application runs on a ruggedized Android tablet for use on the manufacturing shop floor and collects data in realtime from electronic torque wrenches via a wireless connection or USB cable. It graphs the data and stores it for audit purposes. The data can also be exported in .CSV format for further offline analysis.


The IQVu is capable of measuring and collecting torque, angle and pulse data in the manufacturing and quality environment.


Crane’s equipment and Blueberry’s software is used by all of the world’s principal motor manufacturers. The technology is considered to be world-leading in the highly specialised area of torque management.

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Pharmax Web Portal

Blueberry built a web platform for pharmaceutical buying group, Pharmax, that offers products to independent pharmacies in an efficient manner through partnerships with Ireland’s key manufacturers, suppliers and supply-chain experts.The company has access to over 10,000 brokered medicinal products, including Branded medicinal products, Generics, OTC’s and ULM’s.Blueberry built a secure and robust web portal for pharmacists and

wholesalers that could be used to review both the orders placed and any discounts on the products being bought. In addition to online ordering, the portal also provides the ability for pharmacies to generate reports on their order history and any savings they’d made over the month.Blueberry was also asked to develop an application programming interface (API) that could receive and process pharmaceutical orders sent by existing pharmacy dispensing software, and then automatically send the processed orders to Wholesaler APIs based on the best discounts for the products being ordered.
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Arla Responsive Web Application for Vehicle Tracking

Arla is one of the largest food manufacturers in the UK, which runs 24/7/365 to supply fresh dairy products to supermarkets across the UK. They own well-known brands including Anchor and Lurpak.


Headquartered in Denmark, Arla recently built a state-of-the-art milk production facility at Aylesbury, around 30 miles from London. The system Blueberry developed manages all the vehicles coming in

and out of the Aylesbury site. This includes booking vehicles in via a portal exposed to Arla’s customers and tracking the location of lorries as they move around the yard, dropping off completed deliveries and becoming assigned to new delivery runs.


It also manages the drivers starting and ending their work shifts and being assigned to vehicles and delivery routes. The software includes some fairly complex logic, taking into account despatch times, vehicles types and loading bay availability.


A graphic drag-and-drop interface was provided for requesting vehicle movements within the yard and a large screen real time display of departures for the transport office.

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Web-Based Workflow Management System

Blueberry built an intuitive, flexible, web-based workflow management system for award-winning UK accountancy firm, PKF Cooper Parry, which has helped the company meet demanding client needs and win new business.


PKF Cooper Parry has several hundred clients, and the number of properties they look after total well into the thousands. Every single one of these properties needs their own set of

accounts, which require annual certification and auditing. The incumbent system was stifling the team’s ability to work effectively on a day-to-day basis and their opportunity to grow as a business.


Within a 10 month development period, Blueberry analysed, designed, developed and delivered a state-of-the-art system that could handle the complex rules around what different user roles could do in the system, whilst also being flexible enough to be easily extended should workflow patterns change in the future.


The system has enabled PKF Cooper Parry to significantly improve the efficiency of their account preparation, help individual accountants exceed their Key Performance Indicator targets and successfully pursue new business opportunities.

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Amazon IoT App

Animaware was founded in 2011 to develop a unique product to protect dogs and other pets from the dangers of temperature extremes.


Animaware is a small Android gadget that wirelessly monitors the temperature in the animals’ environment against an acceptable range which is set by the end user using an online web portal. Whilst AnimAlarm is already successfully sold to end-users, the company

needed a new development partner to enable the device to be used in the U.S market.


Blueberry suggested a new temperature warning system for animals that was built using IoT and Amazon Web Services technology.


Temperature updates are sent every minute to the Cloud, where Blueberry used Amazon’s IoT, Lambda and MQTT technologies to process the incoming data and send alerts via e-mail and SMS if the temperature goes out of range.

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Weight Loss Intervention Android Mobile App

The Nutritional Epidemiology Group is part of the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds, with a reputation for interdisciplinary excellence in linking nutrition, obesity and population health.


The Group proposed that a mobile phone could be a key tool for delivering a weight loss intervention programme, given its potential to communicate with a wide range of

individuals.


Blueberry created the ‘My Meal Mate’ Android mobile phone application which provides users with:


  • A database of 35,000 common food items, which allows the user to record what was eaten throughout the day in a food diary.
  • “Photo mode” where the user can use the phone camera to take a photo of a meal as a reminder for completing the food diary.
  • “Favourites” feature to store common meals to make data entry easier.
  • Exercise entry to log calories used during the users’ daily exercise. Target weight loss settings, with limits to prevent unhealthy rates of weight loss.
  • Progress tracking and graphing.
  • Upload of diary entries to a reporting website.
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Cloud-hosted Web Application for Budget Analysis

Murphy Cobb is a specialist consultancy that advises some of the world’s biggest companies on their advertising strategies. Their work covers broadcast, print and digital media, with a particular specialism in television advertising.


Blueberry was approached by MCA to provide a competitive build quote for a software tool called Budget Builder. Budget Builder would be sold to their clients’

marketing teams and would create advertising budgets from a portfolio of advertising campaigns specified over a 12-month period. This would typically involve coordinated TV, print and digital material.


Blueberry created the site for Budget Builder so that it re-styled automatically depending on the client – showing the client’s logo, images and company colours. Budget Builder has attracted a lot of attention since its launch from brand managers of big name retail companies worldwide. Since then, we have enhanced the product to measure the results of optimising advertising campaigns, via a dashboard-style interface, so that the ROI on the consultancy can be clearly demonstrated.


The Budget Builder has provided MCA with a valuable, automated tool that they can offer to their clients to help them easily assess budgets and consider different advertising campaign strategies.


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Web-Based Parts Inventory Database

Mechatherm has been designing and supplying furnace equipment predominantly for the aluminium industry since its formation in 1973.


Blueberry updated a legacy Access system for the industrial engineering company to a modern browserdelivered application that manages all aspects of documentation required for the design, supply and commissioning of furnace equipment.


The

system was built using our BBWT web application framework, and was designed to retain the old Access look and feel – but still purrs under the bonnet!


All projects are now held within the same SQL database, so there’s no need to keep loading new databases. Lazy loading of very large document lists further increases page load speeds, since data outside of viewing is not loaded until the user scrolls to it. The application is also integrated into Mechatherm’s finance system (Opera) via APIs which enable them to raise orders to suppliers and obtain financial information.


The new system manages all projects from Document Control, Ordering, Packing and Despatch to the endclient sites.

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Cloud-hosted Business Improvement Web Application

Tarmac is the UK’s largest supplier of construction materials – comprising aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, concrete, read contracting, building products and recycling services.


The company operates from many locations around the UK and required an internal system that all staff could use, irrespective of their location, to propose business improvement opportunities, with a focus on

operational efficiency and cost-savings.


For some years, Tarmac had been using a spreadsheet-based system, but this was cumbersome, as each proposal had to be circulated and signed off by multiple tiers of management. It was also very complicated and time-consuming to aggregate the data from the proposals to identify the overall cost savings for management reporting. Blueberry build a cloud-based system to replace the spreadsheets.


The software enables any member of staff to log in, enter details of their proposal with costed data and then pass it to line management and the finance department to validate and approve. A comprehensive set of dashboards and reports was also produced, including the ability to export data to Excel for further analysis.

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Cloud-hosted Web Application for Parcel Tracking

Allport Cargo Services is a UK-based freight forwarding and logistics company, operating in over 100 countries. Blueberry built a bespoke system for Allport Cargo Services which replaced an inefficient, manual process with a quick, easy way for their customers to book courier services online.


Blueberry built a bespoke web application for Allport which replaced an inefficient manual process

with an easy-to-use step-by-step online portal for their customers to book courier services online. As the size and weight of the parcel is entered, the system automatically calculates cost for the preferred delivery option. Behind the scenes, the system integrates with the public APIs of a number of courier services e.g. DHL and GB Mail.


The system was built using Blueberry’s Web Template framework and styled to compliment Allport’s corporate web presence.


The system has been in live use for over three years and has enabled Allport to offer an improved, convenient service to their customers while making their reporting and invoicing processes much more effective and efficient. Blueberry’ support has been essential during this period as the couriers can sometimes change their API with little warning!

Reviews

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Custom Software Development for Healthcare Firm

"Due to their accurate project planning, they met every milestone."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Blueberry Consultants built a healthcare item ordering platform and implemented several integrations with external customer and supplier systems.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dublin, Ireland
Patrick Meehan
Managing Director, Merrick Healthcare
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The product that Blueberry Consultants developed has become popular with healthcare professionals throughout Ireland. The team’s excellent scheduling and useful development insights were crucial to the success of the project. Customers can expect regular meetings and on-time delivery.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the managing director of a start-up medicinal product procurement company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Blueberry Consultants?

I hired Blueberry Consultants to design and build a product that integrates healthcare item ordering across multiple user and supplier systems.

What were your goals for this project?

We were hoping to complete the project in six months. Afterward, we wanted an immediate rollout to healthcare professionals, product users, and suppliers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found Blueberry Consultants through internet searches and phone conversations with a number of vendors. This eventually led to face-to-face meetings and project discussions.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Blueberry Consultants designed the software product based on my requirements and guidance. Their team also offered advice on areas of development and tweaks to the overall build plan.

What was the team composition?

During initial discussions, we spoke with their managing director and senior project managers. Later, we started communicating with a single senior project manager who had experience with niche areas of software development.

The project included several integrations across a number of platforms. In some cases, interactions with outdated technologies required support from outside specialists.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Our business is entirely dependent on the software that Blueberry Consultants developed. Their work has allowed our company to grow, and many Irish healthcare professionals use their platform daily.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Blueberry Consultants placed a strong emphasis on outlining the project in great detail prior to development. This reduced the number of work hours and allowed for a smoother, steadier build. Due to their accurate project planning, they met every milestone.

Blueberry Consultants used a ticketing system to manage project tasks and provide ongoing reports. We held project meetings on a regular basis to ensure that everything was proceeding as planned.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were open to our initial plan while also providing alternative points of view. Their recommendations proved to be vital for improving the overall development process.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There’s nothing that I can add in terms of areas for improvement.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered a custom software system on time and within our budget.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer